Domingo, 17 Diciembre, 2017

Diego Simeone Reflects On Atletico Madrid's Drop To The Europa League

Mbappe takes the record from fellow Frenchman Karim Benzema by nearly two years Mbappe takes the record from fellow Frenchman Karim Benzema by nearly two years
Montrelle Montesinos | 08 Diciembre, 2017, 02:22

The Champions League group stage has come to a close and the winners and losers have been determined. Atletico coach Simeone, however, was relatively upbeat as he looked ahead to the Europa League.

The Frenchman was on the verge of moving to Old Trafford over the summer but decided to remain at the club in light of their transfer ban upheld. Group winners will be drawn against group runners up.

With the group stage over, Nick Ames picks the best Champions League XI from the final matches with Cristiano Ronaldo leading the way up top. It hurts but there are no excuses. Antonio Conte's side, who could be pitted against heavyweights including Barcelona and PSG in next week's last 16 draw. You have to play a lot of games, but when you arrive at the final stage to play for quarter-finals, semi-finals the English teams have a lot of games in their legs.

The defending champions drew 1-1 with La Liga giants Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night to secure a place in the Champions League last-16 draw.

The Brazilian winger Bernard has long been a talent who could play at a higher level than the Ukrainian league and showed it again during Manchester City's visit. "Not often you can face Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, but Juve and all the others".

Liverpool: Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Juventus, Basel, Porto or Shaktar Donetsk.

Liverpool (if second): Roma, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Besiktas. "If you know this game, then you understand they have so much bigger and tougher tests coming up". Borja Mayoral, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lucas Vasquez were on target for the European champions, while a brace from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was not enough to earn BVB anything from their trip to the Spanish capital.

When is the draw and when are the games?

The fact that they cannot play Real Madrid again in the next round probably gives them the most favourable list of potential opponents.

They were defensively great, controlled the midfield battle and had every Chelsea defender in knots whenever they attacked.